Common Medical Problems

We all get bombarded daily by the sound bites. This product is “natural”, “whole” or in some instances “organic”. As someone who likes to be cautious about what I put in my body don’t think I am minimizing the importance of “clean” foods or supplements. Unfortunately, however, there is growing acceptance in our culture that… Continue reading

Several times annually we receive reports from the pet insurance companies listing the most common diseases reported for felines and canines. Even though we deal with many of these conditions daily they are rarely easy to cure. For example one of the most common diseases in cats is feline lower urinary tract disease. Although dogs… Continue reading

On August 30 and September 1, 2015, I participated as a member of a “think tank” or “incubator” session at the Optical Society in Washington D.C. Participation was limited to approximately fifty people who work in the field of therapeutic laser so for me inclusion in this, by invitation only group, was certainly an honor.… Continue reading

Yes it’s true that the cool wet days of spring are a favorite of ticks. Likewise the hot, humid days of summer are vacation like for us as well as the flea population. They LOVE it. As the summer moves on and the weather begins to moderate, flea infestations will become more widespread. Next, ticks… Continue reading

It seems that periodically we endure a particular difficult period at the Brockton Animal Hospital. It may be because of the demise of several older pets that we have cared for many years. Or it can occur upon the passing of a long term client. But the most common cause of “clinic sadness” is when… Continue reading

For those who have brought a family feline into the Brockton Animal Hospital at any time in recent years I am sure you remember the blood sample that was taken during the first or second visit. There were two tests performed on this sample, one for Feline Leukemia and Feline “AIDS” Virus, the other for… Continue reading

We have all heard it, maybe even said it. “The kids really want a dog/cat/gerbil/bird.” Whatever it is, it is non human and depends on us to feed, clean and walk. We fight it but our words ring hollow because, as pet lovers ourselves, we are an easy mark. We give in because if truth… Continue reading

He was supposed to be around for a long time well into their retirement. But when the four year old terrier stopped eating and was listless for several days, the owners knew something was very wrong with Duffy. He was admitted to our hospital for exam, blood work and to treat his dehydration. Within minutes… Continue reading

Actually…the ticks are here. As soon as the snow melts, the ground softens and the temperature warms up to “cool”, ticks make their appearance. I had been waiting patiently (although not missing them) for the first patient to arrive at our hospital affected with ticks but actually found the first one of the season on… Continue reading

Maybe the birds aren’t quite singing or the flowers popping up through the ground (snow?) but winter finally seems to be losing its choke hold on New England. The clocks have “sprung” forward. A recent warming trend finally arrived (I was wondering if this year was to be the eternal winter) and the ten foot… Continue reading